Two hundred and fifty years ago, humans defeated the shape-changing Bhahdradomen in the War of the Silver Plains. Although they are exiled - or even thought to be extinct - the shape-changers' hatred and jealousy of the humans live on. Now, in the failings of a human king, they find a way to assuage that hatred. Meanwhile the third race, the mysterious Aelyr, although they also consider the Bhahdradomen enemies, keep apart from human realms.
Tanthe and Ysomir are sisters, living in the village of Riverwynde, 2,000 miles from the capital city Parione. While Ysomir is in love with Lynden, son of the village leader, Tanthe is bored with rural life and longs for the wonders of Parione. But the growing madness of King Garnelys and the Bhahdradomen's wiles soon lead to terrible events, the abduction of Ysomir, and the beginning of a long journey for Tanthe, Lynden, and his brother Rufryd, as they set out for the Amber Citadel of Parione....
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Good standard fantasy story
It is what you would expect from a fantasy book in terms of story line. Some of the creatures/beings are interesting but a bit predictable. The world development isn't anything new or particularly creative but it isn't bad. It is still enjoyable as the character development is strong throughout the story. There are some very explicit sex scenes which I don't care for as they add absolutely nothing to the story but they are brief and so not too annoying. There is some romance that isn't all that convincing as well. One of the reasons I prefer male fantasy writers overall, they don't usually use fantasy as a cover for romance or overindulge in sex scenes if they don't add to the story line in some way.
The narration is good. The voice is pleasing although not the most dynamic.
Take out the sex scenes. More development of some of the relationships before the characters hop in bed. It just didn't ring true.
- Jessica L. Goren